Paper Fury is out with another Beautiful People post this month, and here I am doing a post on Godric Dorial – my 1000+-year-old Viking, former amnesiac, odd fellow. He’s seen a lot, experienced even more, and
felt enough for 100 lifetimes.
1. What’s their favorite place they’ve ever visited?
Godric has fond memories set all over the world, he fought with Scots in the Highlands, conquered parts of France, he traveled through Europe as the borders shifted and changed over the centuries, and he even served in the Varangian Guard for the Byzantine Emperor. But the one place which brings him joy simply for the joy of the place – not the people or the memories – is the sea. Being on a boat on the sea.
2. What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?
One? Only one, eh? Hmm. He’s made just about every one in the book, and he learned from most of them. I think the biggest emotional lesson he’s learned in the last two centuries has been not to hold on to anger. The biggest lesson he’s learned in the last six months has been the sheer power of kindness.
3. What was their favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?
School was a bit of a loose proposition for Godric in Sweden in the mid-700s, but he never stopped learning through his life. He had to. Century passed into the century, but he learned what he needed to in each age: languages, weapons, methods of war. Out of a pure love for it, however, he studied religion, philosophy, literature, and poetry.
4. What’s their favorite flower/growing thing?
He loves to grow trees. He’s lived long enough to keep the hobby of growing fine cedars and ash, oaks and maples; he loves to use the wood for crafting things.
5. Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?
So many tears through the years. Godric makes my protagonist cry in the next few chapters – it’s going to be hard to write. He is very cruel in order to perpetuate a greater kindness.
6. Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?
Highly unreliable. But still trustworthy.
7. What do they dream about at night?
His nightmares remind him of his wars and death, mistakes and murder. He doesn’t remember his good dreams.
8. They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?
Godric doesn’t really care about food; he went hungry too many times to not have an appreciation for food, but taste doesn’t have much of an impact on him anymore… until Elizabeth. He loved eating her food, but he didn’t have his memories to inform him at the time. At some point, she’ll team up with his personal chef and figure out how to rekindle his palate.
9. What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?
Grow old. He is old, but he has not grown old. This is one of his greatest regrets.
10. Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?
He is a savant at manipulating fragments and has been doing it long enough to be extremely good. Beyond this, many of his abilities come from old-world skills which were necessary in his youth or skills set to marinate and expand over the decades.